New Jersey Policy Perspective produces independent research and analysis on policy solutions to advance social, economic, and racial justice. From data-driven reports to policy briefs and explainers, we work to provide lawmakers, legislative staff, advocates, community leaders, and reporters with the facts and figures behind the most pressing policy issues facing the Garden State.

Friday Facts and Figures: January 21, 2022

Lawmakers rally around affordability. The Excluded New Jerseyans Fund was cut by $34 million.

Friday Facts and Figures: January 14, 2022

Updates on the lame duck session. The NJPP team reacts to the State of the State. The Legislature grows slightly more diverse.

State of the State 2022: Rapid Reaction

Live from the NJPP Zoom room, Sheila, Peter, Brittany, Marleina, Jon, and Lou react to Governor Murphy's State of the State address (with gifs!).

Friday Facts and Figures: January 7, 2022

New year rings in a new minimum wage. Comptroller report reveals lack of accountability in corporate tax break programs.

Hard Working New Jerseyans Get a Raise January 1

Scheduled minimum wage increase to $13 takes effect on January 1.

Friday Facts and Figures: December 17, 2021

Lawmakers are fast-tracking a big tax break for casinos. The state moratorium on utility shut-offs expires at the end of the month.

Casinos’ Healthy Profit Margins Render Tax Break Unnecessary

Testimony by Senior Policy Analyst Peter Chen in opposition to lowering casinos' annual PILOT payments.

Friday Facts and Figures: December 10, 2021

Expanded unemployment benefits to expire this month. Child care centers require special attention for lead remediation.

Friday Facts and Figures: December 3, 2021

Child care tax credit bill passes through Legislature. New Jersey set to break record for most overdose deaths in a year.

Friday Facts and Figures: November 19, 2021

House passes historic Build Back Better legislation. American Rescue Plan (ARP) presents an opportunity to invest in programs that will increase public health and safety.

New Jersey Can Use American Rescue Plan Funds to Invest in Non-Police Approaches to Public Safety

We can create safer communities, lower police violence, and reduce arrests by investing ARP funds in community-based public safety.

Harm Reduction Programs Provide Lifesaving, Critical Care to New Jersey Residents

Testimony by Policy Analyst Marleina Ubel in support of expanding harm reduction programs to provide support services to injection drug users

Expanding the Child and Dependent Care Services Tax Credit Enables Children, Families, and the Economy to Succeed

Testimony by Senior Policy Analyst Peter Chen in support of expanding the child and dependent care services tax credit

It’s Time to Decriminalize Syringes and Expunge Past Records

Testimony by Policy Analyst Marleina Ubel in support of decriminalization of syringes and expungement of past records.

Friday Facts and Figures: November 12, 2021

NJPP has a new interim director, infrastructure week is finally here, and far too many New Jerseyans remain uninsured.

New Jersey’s Uninsured: Getting the Garden State Covered

New Jersey's Black and Hispanic/Latinx residents continue to face barriers to affordable health coverage due to long-standing inequities.

Friday Facts and Figures: November 5, 2021

After a long week where votes slowly trickled in, Governor Phil Murphy was declared the winner of New Jersey’s 2021 gubernatorial election.

Friday Facts and Figures: October 29, 2021

New Jersey is the best-run state in the nation. Open enrollment begins November 1. Election Day is November 2.

We the People: Why New Jersey Needs to Expand Democracy

As New Jersey's population grows more diverse, a stronger democracy is needed so elected leaders truly represent their constituents.

Maintaining Continuous Medicaid Coverage After the Pandemic Would Advance Health Equity

Thousands of New Jersey families have relied on Medicaid during the pandemic. The upcoming expiration of continuous coverage threatens their health coverage.

Friday Facts and Figures: October 22, 2021

Most counties have fewer early voting sites than the state budgeted for. Child Tax Credit payments are helping families in poverty make ends meet.

Friday Facts and Figures: October 15, 2021

New Jersey is one step closer to a more inclusive pandemic recovery. New NJPP report makes a strong case for reimagining public safety.

To Protect and Serve: Investing in Public Safety Beyond Policing

Police spending in New Jersey outpaces investments in Health and Human Services.

Friday Facts and Figures: October 8, 2021

Bergen County ends its contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Scaling back the Build Back Better bill would hurt children and the economy.

Friday Facts and Figures: October 1, 2021

NJPP President Brandon McKoy stepping down. Senior Policy Analyst Sheila Reynertson discusses the state's finances with NJ Spotlight News.

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